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MAcc alumni receive Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding CPA exam performance

School of Business graduates Maureen Dombrow and Nick Lankford recently received the Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding performance on the CPA exam.

To qualify, CPA candidates must have a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the exam on their first attempt. Out of the nearly 75,000 individuals who took the CPA exam in 2019, 135 candidates met the criteria for the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

Additionally, Lankford and another MAcc grad, Emily Simpson, were acknowledged by the Illinois CPA Society Board of Directors with Excel awards.

All Excel honorees by the Illinois CPA Society Board must achieve a total score of 90 or above, complete all four sections of the exam within two consecutive testing windows, and rank in the top five percentile of all Illinois Uniform CPA Exam test-takers completing all the exam requirements in the testing year. But, only the top 3 scorers in the state receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Lankford was one of two students in the state to receive the Gold award.

“We could not have done it without KU faculty’s help,” Lankford said.

Lankford is now employed with Deloitte Tax, Dombrow is working with Grant Thornton, and Simpson is at EY.

Congratulations, Jayhawks, on your outstanding performance on the CPA exam!

By Meaghan Boyd

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